The Romance of the Middle Ages
Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
“An altogether delightful book. The authors have a gift for the telling detail, and for smuggling in the unexpected. It is hard to imagine a book that does its job, of introducing medieval romance and its afterlife to the general reader, more perfectly.”
"Evangelicals and literary critics have looked sternly askance at medieval romance for about six hundred years. Entirely undaunted, medieval romances pass insouciantly across borders of time, geography, social class, and gender with their passports of pleasure. Nicholas Perkins and Alison Wiggins here allow us to join those journeys of romance. Their lightly worn, precise scholarship takes us inside the books of these marvelous stories. This is a gorgeous, utterly delightful book."
"This book is at once an informative and lively introduction to all aspects of romance—medieval and modern, its writers and readers, in manuscript and print—and a treasure trove of some of the Bodleian's visually most remarkable holdings."—Helen Cooper, Cambridge University
"A richly woven tapestry of image and text. A great resource and a wonderful read."
Note on translations and glosses
1. Romance and the Medieval World
2. Empires of Romance
3. Scribes and Settings
4. Dangerous Encounters
5. Romance in the Age of Print
6. Romance in the Modern World